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My Doe’s first doe

November 02, 2010

Illinois hunting and fishing

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Kill Date: 10/24/2007

County: Peoria

Season: Bow

In 2004 I married my amazing wife, Heidi.  She knew what she was getting into when she married me, a completely obsessed bowhunter!  After a couple seasons of asking to get involved in my beloved sport of bowhunting, I finally agreed.  I was reluctant to buy all the gear because of the initial cost of getting her involved, but her persistent pleas to go hunting finally made me cave.  How could anyone tell that face no? 

In the spring of 2007 I purchased her a bow and all the camo, accessories, etc she would need for the fall.  She was committed to practicing with me and every evening all summer long, we would head out to the back yard to practice after dinner.  She caught on immediately and after just a few weeks was persistently hitting vitals at 20+ yards. 

We continued to practice all summer, watching hunting videos on TV, and discussing how to react once the season began and she would have an opportunity at a deer.  Well, October finally rolled around and she was as excited as anyone I have ever seen to get a deer.  She put the time in, got up early, washed and showered in scent free soaps like a dedicated bowhunter would.  Let me tell you men, washing all that hair in Hunter’s Specialties soap is a task at 4am in the morning! 

Well after a number of close calls but no success, Heidi and I headed to the woods on the evening of October 24th.  It was a cool evening with next to no wind.  Heidi was set up in a stand on the edge of a cut corn field and I was approximately 400 yards away in a transition area.  We both were connected via walkie talkies, so I could keep tabs on her and make sure she was safe.  In addition I wanted to make sure if the opportunity presented itself, I could help walk her through it. 

Well approximately 1/2 before sunset a couple does made their way into the field Heidi was on.  On the walkie I hear her telling me the does, the range and the direction they are going.  I instruct her to get prepared for a shot.  Heidi went through her pre-shot routine like a pro and when the doe was in range made a perfect quartering away shot!  I immediately hear a very out of breath excited wife on the other end of my ear-piece nearly screaming that she shot a doe! 

She was so excited and worked so hard for the deer it was a very emotional success for her.  She was hooked for life!  We waited a short bit, and then met up to track the doe.  She didn’t go far and was one of the largest does I have ever seen.  Congrats to my Doe!

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